It’s football party time. Try these appetizers for the next bash!
1 avocado, finely chopped
3/4 C rinsed canned black beans
1/2 C frozen corn, thawed
1/2 C chunky mild salsa
15 assorted mini-sweet peppers (1 lb.), cut lengthwise in half, seeded
1 C Mexican-style shredded four cheeses with a Touch of Philadelphia
2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro
Heat broiler. Combine avocados, beans, corn and salsa; spoon into pepper halves. Place on baking sheet; top with cheese. Broil, 4 inches from heat, 2 to 4 min. or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro.
48 (about 1/2 of 32-oz. pkg.) tater tots
3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C sour cream
4 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 green onions, sliced
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place 2 tater tots in each of 24 mini muffin pan cups sprayed with cooking spray; place on bottom of oven rack. Bake 10 min. Spray bottom of shot glass with cooking spray. Use (in twisting motion) to press tater tots in each muffin cup to make potato cup. Return to oven; bake additional 15 min. or until deep golden brown. Add cheese to potato cups; bake 1 min. or until melted. Transfer to platter; fill with remaining ingredients.
2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Mexican-style finely shredded four cheeses, divided
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained
1-1/4 C sour cream, divided
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4 C chopped red bell peppers
2 TBS fresh cilantro sprigs
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Reserve 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Add remaining shredded cheese to cream cheese along with chilies, 1/2 cup sour cream and ground red pepper; mix well. Spread cream cheese mixture onto bottom of 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 20 min. or until dip is heated through and lightly browned around edge. Top with remaining sour cream, reserved shredded cheese, chopped bell peppers and cilantro before serving.
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